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State Controller Yee appoints 2 state lawyers, political advisor as key deputies

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State Controller Betty T. Yee Monday announced the appointments of two veteran state lawyers and a former political consultant as key deputies on her executive team.

Three three are Karen Greene-Ross, who will serve as Yee's chief of staff; Nicole Winger, who will serve as deputy state controller for communications, and Becca Doten, who will serve as assistant deputy state controller in Yee's Los Angeles office.

Greene-Ross most recently served as Assistant Chief Counsel and Deputy Director of Legislation at the California High Speed Rail Authority. She previously was Deputy Controller for Investments for State Controller Steve Westly, and earlier was Deputy Secretary for Legislation at the former Business, Transportation and Housing Agency for Governor Gray Davis. She also held legislative and policy positions in the State Senate and Assembly.

Greene-Ross is a California licensed attorney with a degree in Finance from the University of Florida and a law degree from Loyola Law School in Chicago.

Winger most recently served as Deputy Secretary for Communications for California Secretary of State Debra Bowen. She previously served as a Senior Consultant for Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, earlier for Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, and before that for Assemblywoman Nicole Parra. She also was communications director at the California Department of Education.

Winger graduated from Whittier College, earning a bachelor's degree in Political Science and English.

Doten most recently served as the campaign manager for Sheriff Jim McDonnell, who was elected last November as the first outsider in 100 years to lead the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Doten also directed the Crisis Response Team for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Prior to that position, she served as chief of staff and communications director for Los Angeles Councilman Richard Alarcon, before he resigned his council position after being convicted of voter fraud and perjury for living outside the district.

Doten is a sworn Reserve Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California in Film Production.

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